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You would think that a place for the criminally insane in the 19th century would be a dark place. It is surprising to see the huge windows that let in light and let you see the the world outside. The broken windows are the result of 21st vandalism as most of the windows have no protection from this type of attack. If you get the chance, visit the ward on one of their tour days – you are free to wander on your own around the building and grounds, or listen to one of the guides who have extensive knowledge of this historic place.
When you are in South Australia, you will most likely hear people mentioning Stobie poles. People often talk about these poles as being ‘deadly’ or ‘killers’. If you are wondering what they are, but were too afraid to ask – here’s your answer.
Stobie poles are actually power poles made of concrete enclosed in two metal braces which look a bit like they have come from railway lines. They were invented back in 1924 by an engineer at the Adelaide Electric Supply Company. His name was James Stobie and he used the materials that were readily available because termite resistant timber was not easy to find in South Australia.
Hawker Street is a main thoroughfare connecting historic Brompton and Bowden. These adjoining suburbs were established in the early years of South Australia – Bowden in 1839 and Brompton in 1849 so there are plenty of old buildings with history and character. The Hawker Street Café is in a row of shops and very easy to find. Right next door is an interesting little second hand shop with lots of retro gear and character items. Continue reading
The Palm House was imported from Bremen, Germany, back in 1875 in kit form – a remarkable achievement considering the distance and the amount of glass involved. It was constructed in a way that was advanced engineering for the time.
It is a unique structure and had been meticulously restored to its original form. If you compare original photos with the current structure you will notice that there are very little differences.
Being in the Palm House is a quiet experience. You can take in the history of the structure as well as enjoy the plants. The grotto is also and original feature and was constructed of stones imported from the Black Forest in Germany.
There is a café near the Palm House which gives you a great view of the House and the nearby lake while you enjoy good coffee, a light meal or a snack served by friendly staff.
East Parklands, Bartels Road Adelaide SA | Phone 08 232 2814
Kiosk open Wednesday to Friday 08:00 – 16:00; Saturday & Sunday 08:30 to 17:00
Rymill Park is a small oasis on the east end of Adelaide and still beautiful despite the O-Bahn extensions happening on its northern edge. Great place to get out in the sun, enjoy the lake, the play equipment, or just relax at lunch time or on the weekend.
Easy walking distance to Rundle Mall and the business district of Adelaide. Continue reading
Great little find on East Terrace. This little café offers healthy food with vegan options. Breakfast from until 11:30 am and lunch from 11:30 am but as we were there at a reasonably quiet time, the chef let us order from both menus – very obliging. The food was great – pumpkin pizza, blueberry pancakes, freshly made juices and first class coffee; and the staff that you can see here were absolutely perfect!
Parking nearby is easy to find – 1 hour, 3 and 10 hours. You have to pay for it but it’s worth it. You can find 2 hour parks on Hutt Street and the short walk past Rymill Park is easy.